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videotape, captive american tourist merrill newman is seen for the first time in nearly five weeks. reading from an awkwardly phrased text, newman, an 85-year-old retire finance executive from california appears to be apologizing for what he calls hostile acts against the communist north koreans. >> that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> newman had been an infantry officer, a soldier like the troops memallized here. a life long dream was to return to the hand he fought as a young man. this time on a sightseeing tour. >> reporter: they told reuters that a half century ago he helped to coordinate some of the most daring missions of the korean war. a conflict the north koreans see as ongoing since no peace treaty was ever signed. newman was about to return home when a government official took him off the plane without explanation. the united states has no official diplomatic relations with north korea, but swedish embassy officials visited newman and said he's in good health. this weekend, as vice president biden prepares for a trip to
he appeared in a new video. the video shows 85-year-old merrill newman confessing to war crimes reading from an awkwardly phrased text. the first time he has been seen since he was detained five weeks ago. pulled off of a plane and no explanation. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> swedish ambassador visited newman on saturday and told his family he's in good health. they are hoping to have him home before the new year. >> the ambassador also was able to relay the message that he's being treated by doctors. the food that he is being given is good, and he feels that they are treating him well. at least that's the message from him to the ambassador to his family. no telling if he was coerced or forced into reading this, and there's no telling if the message he's giving the ambassador is in front of some official. >> of course. he's 85 years old. the concern for if his health is very legitimate. he's not the only one held in north korea. another american citizen, kenneth bay. hope they get home soon. >> absolutely. >>> after two months of system
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